Yeast Infection Skin Rash (cont.)
Yeast Infection Skin Rash Treatment
Self-Care at Home
Most candidal infections can be treated at home with over-the-counter or prescription medication and can clear up within a week. If some other disease has weakened a person's immune system, the person should consult a doctor about new symptoms before attempting self-treatment because of the risk of infection.
- Vaginal yeast infections
- Most women can treat vaginal yeast infections at home with nonprescription vaginal creams or suppositories.
- A single dose of fluconazole (Diflucan) tablet also cures most vaginal yeast infections. Fluconazole requires a prescription from your physician.
When using a nonprescription vaginal medicine for a vaginal yeast infection, follow the directions on the package insert. In addition, symptoms may also be eased with some home remedies.
- Eat a balanced diet. Foods with lactobacillus organisms, such as yogurt or acidophilus milk, may help maintain healthy vaginal pH.
- Use pads instead of tampons while using nonprescription vaginal medicines.
- Avoid using soap when cleaning the vaginal area and rinse with water only.
- If sexual intercourse is painful, avoid it. Otherwise, use a water-soluble lubricating jelly (such as K-Y Jelly) to reduce irritation.
- If the genital area is swollen or painful, sit in warm water or use a cool, damp cloth on the area.
- For thrush, swish the antifungal agent nystatin (Bio-Statin, Mycostatin, Nilstat) around in the mouth and then swallow the liquid. Take care to maintain oral hygiene.
- All objects put into a child's mouth should be washed or sterilized after each use.
- Breastfeeding mothers should be evaluated for Candida infection of the breast.
- Dentures should be cleaned thoroughly after each use, and denture wearers should practice good oral hygiene.
- In addition to nystatin, adults and older children have several treatment options not available to babies, such as troches (antifungal lozenges) or pills such as fluconazole (Diflucan) to help clear the infection in addition to nystatin.
- Skin and diaper rash
- Clotrimazole (Lotrimin) creams and lotions can be applied to superficial skin infections. Other medications require a prescription and a visit to your doctor.
- Other antifungal creams, such as ketoconazole (Nizoral), which is available by prescription, are helpful as well.
- For paronychia, avoiding moisture can be helpful. Oral itraconazole (Sporanox) or fluconazole (Diflucan) also can be helpful and can be prescribed by a doctor. Topical antifungal and topical corticosteroids are also used.
- Perlèche is treated with topical antiyeast or antifungal agents, and often with a mild corticosteroid cream. Limit lip licking of the corners of the mouth. Placing a bit of petroleum jelly on top of the antiyeast agents can be helpful as well.
- The affected area should be kept clean and dry.
- For diaper rashes, frequent diaper changes and the use of barrier creams speed recovery. Nystatin powder decreases the amount of moisture and also acts as an antiyeast agent.
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